Upon his arrival in Poland, Pope Francis immediately began by speaking in defense of the unborn, Zenit reported.
The pope started his five-day trip by reminding the Polish people that “life must always be welcomed and protected. These two things go together – welcome and protection, from conception to natural death.”
The Polish laws are very pro-life. Abortion is illegal except in cases of rape and incest, or when the child has a severe disability. Polish pro-life organizations have been working to pass legislation that protects even more unborn lives. This summer, a new citizen-led initiative to ban abortion is being debated in the government. Poland’s prime minister and other political leaders have voiced their support for the measure.
During the pope’s speech, addressed to government authorities, Pope Francis encouraged the state to reach out and help expectant mothers.
“All of us are called to respect life and care for it,” he said. “On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the State, the Church and society to accompany and concretely help all those who find themselves in serious difficulty, so that a child will never be seen as a burden but as a gift, and those who are most vulnerable and poor will not be abandoned.”
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During his visit, Pope Francis continued to demonstrated his pro-life convictions. On Friday, Pope Francis visited a children’s hospital. He met with 50 patients, their families and medical personnel at the Prokocim University Pediatric Hospital, according to Patheos.
During his brief address, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of government working to protect and help the disadvantaged.
“This is the sign of true civility, human and Christian: to make those who are most disadvantaged the center of social and political concern,” he said.
“Sadly, our society is tainted by the culture of waste, which is the opposite of the culture of acceptance. And the victims of the culture of waste are those who are weakest and most frail; and this is indeed cruel.”
Pope Francis’ message is one of love and protection for those most vulnerable. As he travels the world, he continues to remind nations of the necessity of caring for the disadvantaged and helpless.